Millennia of Oppression (Installation View)

Arun Vijai Mathavan2016

Chennai Photo Biennale

Chennai Photo Biennale
Chennai, India

Arun Vijai Mathavan's showcase at Senate House during Chennai Photo Biennale 2019. What we do with our dead, how we regard them, is dependent on the specific conditions into which we are born—belief, religion, language, place, sect, caste, gender and, in recent times, science. In India, those classified as ‘untouchables’ or ‘Dalits’ have been forced to handle the dead for centuries. The manner in which they are compelled to do this in modern, state-run hospitals has gone unnoticed and undocumented. Arun's project proposes to shine a light on an unknown, shrouded world.


  • Title: Millennia of Oppression (Installation View)
  • Creator: Arun Vijai Mathavan
  • Date Created: 2016
  • Location: Senate House, Chennai
  • Type: Photograph
  • Original Source: Artist Website
  • External Link: See more at Chennai Photo Biennale's website
  • Exhibition title: Labyrinths
  • Exhibition Description: And the world is a complicated irregular network of images and texts in passages and paths.
  • CPB Edition: 2019
  • Artist's biography: Arun Vijai Mathavan is a graduate from National Institute of Design, India. He is keenly interested in documentary photography and exploring issues of spaces with its relation to the environment. Presently he is an independent photographer based in Chennai, Working on long term projects.

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